BJD MLA performs last rites of poor woman

first_imgA legislator, his son and nephew performed the last rites of a destitute woman after no villager came forward for her funeral fearing ostracisation in Odisha’s Jharsuguda district.Ramesh Patua, MLA from Rengali constituency, decided to perform the woman’s last rites after the local police informed him that no one from Amanapali village under Chudamal gram panchayat was ready to touch her body.The woman, a beggar, lived with her ailing brother-in-law and survived on leftovers from community feasts. Her caste was unknown to the villagers.Ostracisation fears“It did not take me much time to understand why nobody was coming forward for the last rites of the deceased. [According to a practice in the village] If a person touches a body belonging to another caste, he is ostracised by his own community. As I was away from the spot, I sent two youngsters from my family to take the body to the burial ground,” said Mr. Patua, who was elected on a BJD ticket.Amanapali is 2 km from Loida, Mr. Patua’s village in Sambalpur district. Although Amanapali is in Jharsguda constituency, the Rengali MLA did not show any hesitation in attending to the crisis. “I thought the two youngsters may not be able to handle the situation, so I rushed to the spot. We brought four bamboo poles and prepared a bier to carry the body. Since I did not want any controversy by tinkering with the existing beliefs, we took the body to the ground and performed the last rites,” the MLA said.While most of the rituals were performed according to Hindu beliefs, the body was buried as there was not much time to arrange for a cremation, the MLA said. The woman’s relative was too unwell to participate in the funeral.Mr. Patua, one of the poorest MLAs in Odisha, does not have enough land and still stays in a rented house.last_img read more

Satellite captures glowing plants from space

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA—About 1% of the light that strikes plants is re-emitted as a faint, fluorescent glow—a measure of photosynthetic activity. Today, at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union here, scientists released a map of this glow (pictured, with data averaged from August to October of this year) as measured by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2. The NASA satellite launched in July with the goal of mapping the net amount of carbon in the atmosphere. But the fluorescence map, an unexpected secondary capability, provides a more direct measure of carbon fluxes: the amount mopped up by plants during photosynthesis or released during respiration. The findings will help scientists disentangle inputs and outputs in places like the Amazon rainforest, where there are both big emissions from deforestation and big sinks from photosynthesis. The map reveals that tropical rainforests near the equator are actively sucking up carbon, while the Corn Belt in the eastern United States, near the end of its growing season, is also a sink. Higher resolution fluorescence mapping could one day be used to help assess crop yields and how they respond to drought and heat in a changing climate.last_img read more

Silver expects NBA players to stand during national anthem

first_imgNBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Adam Silver expects NBA players to continue standing for the national anthem.Not only because it’s a league rule, but because they are aware of what it means in what the commissioner believes is a divided America.“Many of our players have spoken out already about their plan to stand for the anthem,” Silver said Thursday. “And I think they understand how divisive an issue it is in our society right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Gervacio mends fences with Suzara as she returns to Foton in PSL Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He spoke following the NBA’s Board of Governors meetings, during which owners passed rules designed to prevent healthy players from sitting out games, and teams from losing games on purpose to improve their draft position.Under the new draft lottery rules, the teams with the three worst records will all have 14 percent odds to land the No. 1 pick when the changes are implemented with the 2019 draft.The team with the worst record previously had 25 percent odds to win the lottery and could fall to the No. 4 spot in the draft. Now that team call tumble all the way to fifth.The lottery changes were to discourage tanking, the practice of losing games on purpose in an effort to improve draft odds. The Philadelphia 76ers relied on the tactic heavily in recent years and the league felt it needed to step in and urge teams to always be competitive.Silver felt teams had even begun feeling pressure to use the strategy of fielding poor squads and building through the draft.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PLAY LIST 02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Silver said the playing of the national anthem has always been a time for respect and reflection — even in a league where 25 percent of the players are not American — and recalled that many teams locked arms last season.He wants them to continue showing unity during the anthem — but to do it while standing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s been a rule as long as I’ve been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem,” he said.Silver didn’t say what would happen if any players refuse to stand, adding: “If that were to happen, we’ll deal with it when it happens.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “I felt it was corrosive to this league,” he said.The second-worst team has a 19.9 percent to win the lottery and the third seed a 15.6 percent chance under the current format that will remain through next June’s draft.The board voted to allow Silver to fine teams who violate the league’s new guidelines about resting players. Teams can’t sit healthy players for high-profile, nationally televised games, and fines for violating that can be for at least $100,000.The rules also say that unless there are unusual circumstances, teams should not rest multiple healthy players for the same game or rest healthy players when playing on the road.The league office had long resisted getting involved in coaches’ decisions about resting players. But with its national TV partners paying the league billions, Silver felt he had to act after LeBron James and stars from the Golden State Warriors sat out nationally televised games last season.“It’s not a position we want the league to be in,” Silver said. “It ultimately is my hope that the rules go in the drawer and that teams step up here and see that there is a larger obligation to our fans, to the basketball community.”The board also talked about current events, meeting less than a week after President Donald Trump opted against inviting the Warriors to the White House after All-Star Stephen Curry said he didn’t want to go.Trump had criticized NFL players for their anthem protests in a speech the night before, and hundreds responded in games Sunday and Monday by kneeling during the anthem.Silver thinks NBA players have other opportunities, either by continuing their community service efforts or through the media, to make their voices heard.“I’m hoping once again that this league can play a constructive role there,” Silver said. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READlast_img read more

Cebuano studs rise in fourth week of NBTC 24

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ The players were ranked based on the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.The top 24 players still on the board for the power rankings in early March will be picked to play in the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) High School All-Star Game later that month at Mall of Asia Arena. Read Next LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img One of the week four’s biggest movers was Chiang Kai Shek guard John Galinato, who steered the Blue Dragons to the MMBL crown over San Beda to propel himself to the 12th spot.CESAFI standouts Beirn Laurente of University of Visayas also moved into the top 20, while Alex Visser of Sacred Heart High School made his debut as this week’s newest entry.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHere is the list for the fourth week of Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24, with last week’s rank in the parenthesis:Kai Sotto, center, Ateneo (1)SJ Belangel, guard, Ateneo (2)Joel Cagulangan, guard, La Salle Greenhills (3)Will Gozum, center, Mapua (4)L-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-Diliman (5)Rhayyan Amsali, forward, NU (6)Dave Ildefonso, forward, Ateneo (8)RJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-Diliman (9)CJ Cansino, forward, UST (7)Aaron Fermin, center, Arellano (12)Clint Escamis, guard, Mapua (10)John Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai Shek (15)Inand Fornilos, forward, CSB-LSGH (13)Warren Bonifacio, center, Mapua (16)Evan Nelle, guard, San Beda (14)Terrence Fortea, guard, NU (11)Joem Sabandal, guard, Adamson (22)Raven Cortez, center, La Salle Zobel (18)Joaqui Manuel, forward, Ateneo (17)Beirn Laurente, guard, UV (23)Alex Visser, forward, SHS-Ateneo de Cebu (N/A)Mac Guadaña, guard, Lyceum (19)Harvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope Christian (20)Maui Cruz, guard, EAC (21)Every week, a panel of coaches, sportswriters, and a statistician converge to come up with the weekly rankings to determine the top 24 high school players in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments, together with the recently concluded NCAA competition. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKai Sotto kept his stronghold of the pole position in this week’s Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center 24 power rankings even as the top six kept their places.SJ Belangel of Ateneo was still the top point guard in the country over Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills, while UP commit Will Gozum of Mapua, L-Jay Gonzales of FEU, and Rhayyan Amsali of NU maintained their position in the top half of the rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers D-League: Ebondo’s 28 steers CEU to 2nd win Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Ind vs WI: Dhoni slams poor umpiring in first Test

first_imgIndian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday flayed poor umpiring in the first Test against the West Indies after beating them by 63 runs at Sabina Park in Jamaica.Dhoni said, “The match would have ended even earlier had correct decisions been made and we would have been in the hotel much earlier.”As many as three Indian batsmen — Dhoni (16), Virat Kohli (15) and Suresh Raina (27) — fell to dubious decisions which could have gone the visitors’ way.Kohli was the first one to be declared out following a debatable decision by English umpire Ian Gould in India’s second innings. Then Raina was given out off Devendra Bishoo while attempting a sweep shot. However replays showed there was no glove or bat involved. Dhoni was also unlucky as he fell to a no ball delivery.These umpiring decisions might open the debate over the use of umpire decision review system (UDRS) again, which the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opposed.The BCCI has been opposing the UDRS and has refused its usage in the upcoming Test series in England.last_img read more

India’s journey from their 1st Test to 500th: Lost by 158 runs, won by 197 runs

first_imgStats by Rajneesh GuptaIndia on Monday thrashed New Zealand by 197 runs in the Kanpur Test to script a historic win in their 500th match. It was an all-round team performance in the first as India took the lead in the three-match series. (Match Report | Scorecard)India became the fourth nation after England, Australia and West Indies to play 500 Test matches.India, who played their first Test in 1932, lost their 100th Test, drew their 200th but won their 300th, 400th and 500th matches.Here’s a look at India’s journey from their first Test to 500th match:1ST TESTEngland vs India at Lord’s, June 25-28, 1932Result: England won by 158 runsMatch details:-India were led by CK Nayudu-Batting first, England were bundled out 259, thanks to a five-wicket haul by pacer Mohammad Nisar. England captain Douglas Jardine and wicketkeeper Les Ames scored fifties-In reply, India were all out for 189 with Nayudu top scoring with 40. Bill Bowes picked up four wickets-In their second innings, Jardine hit 85 not out to help England set India an improbable 346 runs to win-India had a decent opening stand but regular wickets resulted in a 158-run defeat.——————————————————————————————————————————100TH TESTEngland vs India at Edgbaston, July 13-15, 1967 Result: England won by 132 runs Match details:-India were led by Tiger Pataudi-Against fine bowling from the Indian spinners only Barrington’s solid knock of 75 held England’s first innings together-On a rain-affected pitch India collapsed for 92-England batted again despite a big lead and were restricted to 203 again by Indian spin attackadvertisement-India started on the promising note and were 185 for three at one stage, but then the wickets fell in a heap and India collapsed to 277 all out.-The match ended on the third evening after 20 wickets had fallen on the second day.—————————————————————————————————————————— 200TH TESTPakistan vs India at Lahore, December 10-15, 1982 Result: Draw  Match details:-India were led by Sunil Gavaskar-Zaheer Abbas scored his 100th first-class hundred, emulating Geoff Boycott to do so in a Test match-Despite Zaheer’s double hundred Pakistan were bowled out for 485, with Dilip Doshi picking 5-90-Sunil Gavaskar became fourth batsman to aggregate 7000 Test runs. He also completed 1000 runs against Pakistan-Mohsin Khan followed his first innings 94 with a hundred in the second and completed 1000 runs in the calendar year 1982.—————————————————————————————————————————— 300TH TESTIndia vs South Africa at Ahmedabad, November 20-23, 1996 Result: India won by 64 runs Match details:-India were led by Sachin Tendulkar-Mohammad Azharuddin became the first player to appear against all current Test playing nations, both at home and away-South Africa chasing a fourth innings target of 170 were bowled out for 105 as they lost their last six wickets for nine runs in 25 balls.-Javagal Srinath was on a hat-trick three times in South Africa’s second innings.—————————————————————————————————————————— 400TH TESTWest Indies vs India at Kingston, June 30-July 2, 2006 Result: India won by 49 runs Match details:-India were led by Rahul Dravid-Rahul Dravid scored 81 in India’s total of 200 as Jerome Taylor took his maiden five-wicket haul-Harbhajan Singh took 5 wickets in 27 balls as West Indies were dismissed in less than two sessions-India were dismissed for 168-their lowest total in the series as once again only Dravid stood tall on a surface offering ankle-high shooters-Chris Gayle bagged a pair falling to Sreesanth in both the innings-West Indies were reeling at 29 for three, but middle and late order threatened an extraordinary comeback…but Anil Kumble took last five wickets of the innings to give India a remarkable win.——————————————————————————————————————————500TH TESTIndia vs New Zealand at Ahmedabad, September 22-26, 2016Result: India won by 197 runsMatch details:-India led by Virat Kohli-Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara score fifties, left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and left-arm pacer Trent Boult pick three wickets each.-Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashiwn shared nine wickets in New Zealand’s first innings. Captain Kane Williamson and Tom Latham hit fifties.-Vijay, Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Jadeja hit a fifty each to set New Zealand 434-run victory target.-Ashwin becomes second fastest to take 200 Test wickets. He finishes with 6/132, helping India down New Zealand by 197 runs.last_img read more

Senegal bring African colour to Russia with dancing celebration

first_imgSenegal, on Tuesday, became the first African nation to register a win at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and with that the African colour and music made its way to Russia.Senegal began their match against Poland with a handful of their supporters producing the loudest noise in the Spartak stadium.Despite being clearly outnumbered by the Polish fans, the Senegal fans made sure they were heard. And Senegal players responded to that support and gave those fans even more reason to celebrate.Two goals out of two disastrous Polish errors meant Senegal got the rewards of all their hard work, inroads and their display of speed. They, ranked 27th according to FIFA rankings, stunned the eighth-ranked Poland 2-1.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe World of the underdogs as they have been saying!After M’Baye Niang netted the cheeky second goal for Senegal, the players broke into a little jig of their own, performing what looked like a rehearsed dance step.Mane/Senegal’s KNOWLEDGE (@LFCknowledge) June 19, 2018Over the World Cup, we have seen South American and African players bring out their inner dancers on the world’s biggest sporting stage and with the first African win, Senegal finally brought that endearing part of the tournament.Niang, Sadio Mane, Gana, Sana and Ismaila celebrated the second goal in front of their supporters by matching step to step and showed some African flair.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLENot only that, Senegal’s coach Aliou Cisse, World Cup 2018’s youngest coach at just 42 years of age, had his own unique celebration that went viral on social media.advertisementCisse celebrated his team’s success with a fist bump celebration that ended with an intense look. And of course, social media had a field day with that.scene of the day Senegal manager Aliou Cissé’s celebration when his team scored #WorldCup #SEN Degian (@durutti13) June 19, 2018Apart from the team and the management, it were the Senegalese fans that won everyone’s heart.With the letters of ‘Senegal’ painted at the chests, wearing a hat each and a pant each of Senegalese colours and their face screaming the country’s colours, seven supporters stood in the centre cheering for their team aloud. Senegal fans sang and danced throughout the 90 minutes their team played against Poland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow. (Reuters Photo)Wonderful showing from these #Senegal fans! Very well done!#POLSEN #SEN #LionsOfTeranga Foster (@JogaBonito_USA) June 19, 2018Around them, the rest of the supporters beat their drums, blew their whistles, played their own instruments but sang their one song.These Senegal fans are making enough noise for the whole stadium! Absolute legends! #POL #SEN #POLSEN (@COPA90) June 19, 2018Senegal had arrived at the World Cup!last_img read more

New Zealand’s Rieko Ioane cuts loose to punish unfortunate Wales

first_imgRugby union Support The Guardian Autumn internationals The last time Warren Gatland coached against Steve Hansen it proved impossible to separate the British & Irish Lions and the All Blacks. This time the gap was wider but the team in red again made a vivid impression. While New Zealand will fly home undefeated on their autumn tour of Europe, they can now feel the hot breath of the north on their collars.The final margin certainly does not reflect the frenzy of the contest, every bit as eye-catching as the Lions’ summer showpieces. For Wales the efforts of Josh Navidi, Rob Evans and Taulupe Faletau deserved better and a darting final-quarter score from Gareth Davies raised further hopes but, ultimately, two sharp tries apiece for the All Black wings Waisake Naholo and Rieko Ioane spared visiting blushes.How Wales could have done with showing similar ruthlessness. At least they gave it an almighty go from the outset, dominating possession and territory to an almost surreal extent in the first half. Flat to the gain line, cranking up the pace, testing a road-weary All Black side’s resolve … it was not a million miles away from the manner in which Scotland blew Australia away. The inferiority complex, not to mention the tactical handbrake, that has too often held northern hemisphere sides back in November was nowhere to be seen.In the end they could not quite sustain it, with the 20-year-old Ioane showing exactly why he is a strong contender for the world player of the year award. At no stage, though, was it a routine afternoon for New Zealand. Without their injured totem Kieran Read to steady things and with no consistent forward platform they could only rely on their wits. The All Blacks’ stunning finishing ability was the only vital thing their hosts could not match.Sixty-four years have elapsed since Wales won this fixture but at least there were positive signs in attack, if not always defensively, to generate optimism before next Saturday’s meeting with South Africa. The crowd are certainly enjoying their team’s more adventurous approach and the visitors duly took delivery of the full kitchen sink – a Dan Biggar toe-poke forcing Beauden Barrett into a desperate scramble back behind his own line after the ball struck the goalpost padding, a ninth-minute Leigh Halfpenny penalty soon put the home side ahead and the first quarter tide was entirely crimson. match reports When Naholo inadvertently struck his scrum-half Aaron Smith in the face with a long pass after the whistle had gone it added to the sense of rattled All Black senses. Even under the cosh, though, they remain reliably dangerous. Straight down the middle of the field, out of nowhere, surged Ioane and, with the Wales defence split, Smith and Naholo combined more successfully to allow the big winger to complete a spectacular aerial one-handed finish in the right corner.Over went the touchline conversion from Barrett and, despite having had virtually no possession, the All Blacks found themselves 7-3 up. It is a trick they pull so often for it not to be remotely a coincidence. By the end of the first quarter Wales had also lost two key men to injury, Rhys Webb failing to return following a head knock and Jake Ball wheeled off in such acute pain from a damaged shoulder he required oxygen.Without a clutch of Lions already, not least Jonathan Davies and Sam Warburton, it did not bode well but no sinking feeling was discernible out on the field. The all-action Navidi broke clear into the All Black 22 only for Hallam Amos to spill Halfpenny’s long pass with a try looking odds-on. It was the sort of opportunity, sadly, that New Zealanders tend to take in their sleep.The stats, by now, looked as though they had fallen victim to a cyber hacking attack. In the first half-hour, New Zealand made 88 tackles to Wales’s 11; only thanks to a belated flurry just before half-time did the All Blacks creep up to 25% possession in the opening 40 minutes. They need only the occasional scrap, though, to keep the scoreboard ticking and another sensational finish in the same right-hand corner from Naholo cancelled out a long, raking penalty from Halfpenny.Most assumed that would be that, only to be confounded again. From a lineout in their own half a short ball on the gainline set Amos galloping clear and this time the Dragons wing did everything right, finding Biggar in support who, in turn, put Scott Williams over for the 11th try of his rollercoaster Test career, trimming the interval score to 12-11.In past years under Gatland, Wales have hit the front only to falter in the final quarter. Could they cling on this time? History suggested not and when Ioane slipped a couple of tackles and threw a bouncing ball inside to the lurking Anton Lienert-Brown towards the end of the third quarter it was due reward for the impact of All Blacks’ forward replacements. Once Ioane had intercepted Biggar’s pass to score his side’s fourth, there could be no way back.WALES Halfpenny; Amos, S Williams (Roberts 57), O Williams, S Evans; Biggar (Priestland 63), Webb (G Davies 8); R Evans (W Jones 57), Owens (Dacey 76), Francis (Brown 76), Ball (Hill 19), AW Jones (capt), Shingler (Tipuric 70), Navidi, Faletau Tries S Williams, G Davies Con Halfpenny Pens Halfpenny 2NEW ZEALAND McKenzie; Naholo (Sopoaga 71), Crotty (Lienert-Brown 19), SB Williams, R Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith (Perenara 63); Hames (Crockett 59) Taylor (Harris 71), Laulala (Tu’ungafasi ht), Tuipulotu (S Barrett 46), S Whitelock (capt), Squire, Cane, L Whitelock (Todd 46) Sin-bin S Whitelock 68 Tries Naholo 2, Liernert-Brown, Ioane 2 Cons Barrett 4Principality Stadium 74,000Game rating 9/10 Referee Wayne Barnes (Eng)‘Execution is the issue – this was a missed opportunity’The Wales captain, Alun Wyn Jones, admitted his team need to show more “killer instinct” after their latest failure to beat New Zealand. Despite dominating possession and territory in the first half, the home side were outscored by five tries to two to extend their losing run against the All Blacks to 64 years.Jones and Warren Gatland conceded New Zealand’s finishing ability had been the crucial difference. “The intent was there but that killer instinct to cross the line let them off the hook on three occasions,” Jones said. “We’ve got to be pleased with the heart we showed but we probably didn’t take the opportunities we had in the first half when we had the pedal down. We’ll rue the missed opportunity. The execution is the issue now, not the intent.”Gatland also felt the ruthless impact of the New Zealand wings Rieko Ioane and Waisake Naholo had decided the contest. The Wales coach said: “I thought it was a great Test match. They’re a good team, aren’t they? At half-time we felt very much in the game but they probably nailed two or three of those moments and we didn’t. Unfortunately that was probably the difference between the sides but the way we’re trying to play is really positive. Our young players will be better for the experience and perhaps learn to be more clinical at times.”With the Lions having drawn their series against New Zealand in the summer and Scotland having put 50 points on Australia this weekend, Gatland also believes the northern hemisphere is making progress. “Gone are the days, as I think you saw last weekend, when the All Blacks could put out a second-string side and still comfortably win,” he said. “There’s still a gap but we like to think, from the experiences of some of the players in the summer, that is closing a little bit. We need to continue to be positive.”Gatland and his New Zealand counterpart, Steve Hansen, were full of praise for Ioane, now a strong contender to be named the world player of the year. “There’s no doubt he’s pretty special and any country in the world would like to have a player of that quality,” Gatland said. “He’s not bad is he? He’s quick, powerful, he’s got good footwork and he scores tries.”Hansen also predicts a bright future for the 20-year-old: “If he keeps his feet on the floor he can go anywhere. Every time he gets the ball you think: ‘What’s going to happen?’” – and believes Wales could pose opponents problems in 2018 with their more positive style. “Whilst they’ll be disappointed they lost they’ll see some light at the end of the tunnel. It’s good for rugby.”Hansen added: “The gap between northern and southern hemisphere teams is probably closing. We won’t really know though until the World Cup, when everyone can put out their best team.” Robert Kitson Since you’re here… Share via Email New Zealand rugby union team Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter The Observercenter_img Sign up to the Breakdown for the latest rugby union news Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Wales rugby union team Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Read more Reuse this content Share on Messengerlast_img read more

20 days agoBesiktas goalkeeper Loris Karius not giving up on Liverpool future

first_imgBesiktas goalkeeper Loris Karius not giving up on Liverpool futureby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBesiktas goalkeeper Loris Karius isn’t giving up on a future with Liverpool.The German is in the second of a two season loan with Besiktas.And he says, “Will I be playing for Liverpool again? Of course, it’s an opportunity and it’s still a good opportunity to be there. Maybe I’ll play for them again, you never know.”There is a long time to go and if it does not become Liverpool, it will be another good team, so I’m not worried about that.”I’m not thinking about Kiev (the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid) anymore. It’s been a long time since now, almost two seasons. There were so many circumstances. I had an ugly injury and nobody talked about it. People can say whatever they want; it no longer worries me.” TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Former Georgia LB Calls Out University Police Over Arrest Of Bulldogs’ Cornerback

first_imgGeorgia sophomore cornerback Juwuan Briscoe was arrested by university police Saturday night for two traffic-related charges. The Bulldogs’ defensive back was charged with not having a license and not wearing his seatbelt. He made his $1K bail and was released. The arrest did not sit well with former Georgia linebacker Jake Ganus, who played with Briscoe last season. Ganus didn’t think what happened was worthy of an arrest. He called out the university police on Twitter before deleting his tweet. Saturday Down South captured a screenshot of it.  SDS.SDS.The charges are pretty light, but it’s still not a good look to call out a police force for doing its job. Georgia’s football program has yet to comment on the arrest. Briscoe’s arrest was the fifth by a Bulldogs’ player since Kirby Smart was hired. UGA opens its 2016 season Sept. 3 against North Carolina at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. [SDS]last_img read more

Man murders woman relative

first_imgNEW DELHI: Suspicion of losing his job because of backbiting of his two relatives forced a man to murder a woman (23) in southeast Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin area on Wednesday. However, the accused Rati Ram told police that he attacked Sita, her husband Mangal (25), as he was angry after he got an electric shock from a wire dangling from the gate of their house. The accused Rati Ram is Mangal’s cousin. All three worked as contract labourers with the PWD. As per Mangal’s statement, Ram was sacked by his boss two days ago. The accused suspected that he was sacked because Mangal and Sita complained to his boss about him, a police officer said. To take revenge, Ram beat the couple with a stick. Sita was seriously injured, and when rushed to AIIMS hospital, she was declared brought dead.last_img read more

Sensex gains 312 points on monsoon progress energy auto banking rally

first_imgMumbai: The BSE Sensex Tuesday rallied about 312 points, driven by energy, auto and banking stocks as monsoon’s swift progress revived investor sentiment. After trading in the red zone for a better part of the session, the BSE gauge pared losses and soared over 350 points, before settling 311.98 points, or 0.80 per cent, higher at 39,434.94. The index hit an intra-day high of 39,490.64 and a low of 38,946.04. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty rose 96.80 points, or 0.83 per cent, to 11,796.45. During the day, the index touched a high of 11,814.40 and a low of 11,651. RIL was the biggest gainer in the Sensex pack, rising 2.63 per cent, followed by NTPC, Axis Bank, Tata Steel, PowerGrid, HDFC twins, Bharti Airtel, M&M, ICICI Bank, SBI and Bajaj Finance — gaining up to 2.51 per cent. While, Yes Bank, Asian Paints, IndusInd Bank, TechM, HUL, TCS, L&T, Hero MotoCorp and HCL Tech fell up to 1.70 per cent. Markets pared initial losses following India Meteorological Department’s (IMD) statement that India’s annual monsoon rains have covered nearly half of the country, and conditions are favourable for further advancement into the central and western parts this week, said Narendra Solanki, Head Fundamental Research (Investment Services) – AVP Equity Research, Anand Rathi Shares & Stock Brokers. “Positive sentiment further strengthened in the market in afternoon session on back of buying in banking, metals and realty stocks,” he added. Meanwhile, bourses in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul ended on a negative note. Equity markets in Europe were also trading in the red in early deals. Meanwhile, The Indian rupee pared initial gains and ended almost flat at 69.36 against the US dollar on Tuesday as simmering geopolitical tensions in the Middle East dampened forex market sentiment. At the interbank foreign exchange (forex) market, the domestic currency opened at 69.32 a dollar and touched a low of 69.40 and high of 69.22 during the day. The local unit finally closed at 69.36 against the American currency, down 1 paisa over its previous close. On Monday, the rupee had settled at 69.35 against the US dollar.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon welcomes reconciliation agreement between Sudan and Chad

“The agreement is a positive step towards normalizing the relations between Chad and Sudan, which is a very important factor in resolving the tragic conflicts in both Darfur and eastern Chad,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, said in a statement on the agreement signed on 3 May in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. “It is now crucial for the parties to honour their agreements and, in close collaboration with the United Nations and the African Union, to work together to achieve lasting peace and stability,” Ms. Montas said.She added that the Secretary-General commended King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, under whose auspices the agreement was signed.More than 200,000 people have been killed and 2 million others displaced from their homes in the fighting in Darfur, and fears are increasing that the conflict is spilling over into neighbouring Chad and the Central African Republic. An estimated 25,000 Chadians have sought refuge in West Darfur, despite the conflict in that part of Sudan, because of fighting across eastern Chad in recent months between rebels and Government forces, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). 7 May 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the latest agreement between Chad and Sudan aimed at calming tensions in the strife-torn Sudanese region of Darfur and the eastern area of the neighbouring country. read more

Security Council extends UN presence in Liberia Sierra Leone

In its unanimously-adopted resolution on the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), the Council authorized the force to assist the West African nation with the 2011 general presidential and legislative polls by, among other measures, facilitating access to remote areas.The 15-member body also endorsed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recommendation to implement the third state of UNMIL’s drawdown, made in his most recent report on the mission.In that publication, he proposed that the Council authorize the continuation of UNMIL’s troop strength of nearly 8,000 until after the 2011 polls, following which the drawdown “resume at an accelerated pace,” he wrote.UNMIL was set up in 2003 to bolster a ceasefire agreement ending a war that killed almost 150,000 Liberians, mostly civilians, and sent 850,000 others fleeing to neighbouring countries.As of the end of July, the mission comprised over 11,500 uniformed personnel, more than 1,300 police, nearly 500 international civilian personnel, almost 1,000 local staff and over 200 UN Volunteers (UNV).On Sierra Leone, the Council emphasized that the West African nation’s Government “bears primary responsibility for peacebuilding, security and long-term development.For its part, the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL) should continue mobilizing international support for the country, which is rebuilding after a brutal civil war that tore it between 1996 and 2001.In Mr. Ban’s latest report on UNIPSIL, he underscored that greater efforts are needed by all Sierra Leoneans to build on the momentum generated by the signing of a key peace pact that led to the cessation of political violence earlier this year.Measures taken to implement the 2 April communiqué signed by the governing All People’s Congress (APC) and the opposition Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) “have enabled the strengthening of the peace consolidation process in Sierra Leone,” he said.Last August, the Security Council authorized the creation of UNIPSIL to replace the UN political office in the country, known as UNIOSIL, and gave it an initial mandate of 12 months.UNIPSIL, which works closely with the UN Peacebuilding Commission, is tasked with providing political support to national and local efforts for identifying and resolving tensions and threats of potential conflict. It also monitors and promotes human rights, democratic institutions and the rule of law, including efforts to counter transnational organized crime and drug trafficking.Sierra Leone is one of the first two countries, along with Burundi, to receive support from the Commission, which was established in 2005 to help post-conflict countries determine the priority areas for rebuilding out of the vast array of challenges they face.Also on the Council’s agenda today was a briefing on developments in Darfur by Austrian Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting, the chair of the Sanctions Committee for Sudan. 15 September 2009The Security Council today extended the mandates for one year of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia and the world body’s peacebuilding office in neighbouring Sierra Leone. read more

Afghanistan warring sides agree to ceasefire for UN polio immunization effort

The agreement came in response to a request from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which asked both sides to silence their guns during another round of “national immunization days.”Last year, over 5.4 million Afghan children under five years of age were vaccinated against poliomyelitis, while this year’s campaign aims to reach 5.7 million. As many as 27,600 vaccinators and volunteers and about 6,000 supervisors and mobilizers will work in the campaign throughout Afghanistan.UNICEF sends over 6,680,000 doses of polio vaccine to Afghanistan for each round of national immunization days. It also covers the human, operational and social mobilization costs, which in this round will amount to $973,000. WHO funds the cost of training volunteers and vaccinators as well as part of the operating fees.Five rounds of national immunization days are planned for 2001, according to the Office of the UN Coordinator. Special arrangements have been made to ensure that children of internally displaced persons in Afghanistan and children of families who cross borders during the national immunization days can be vaccinated against polio.Afghanistan is one of the countries where the wild poliovirus continues to threaten the lives of children. In 2000, 115 Afghan children were confirmed to have contracted polio, according to the UN Coordinator. read more

UN refugee agency gearing up for spontaneous returns in Liberia

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) expects an increase in the number of Liberians voluntarily returning home through the course of this year and in the run-up to the elections scheduled for the second half of 2005. “We are standing by to start our reintegration programme for the return of IDPs [internally displaced persons] and refugees once we can resume operations in areas of return,” UNHCR spokesman Kris Janowski told a news briefing in Geneva today. “Under the programme, we will, with our partners, rehabilitate schools and clinics, rebuild roads, and provide water and sanitary facilities in these areas.” He added that returnees would be provided with food aid, farming tools, blankets, mats, corrugated iron for roofs and brick-making equipment to rebuild permanent homes. UNHCR has been documenting reports of spontaneous returns from neighbouring countries, particularly Guinea and Sierra Leone. Liberians are also coming home from Ghana, including 225 refugees who reunited with their families over the weekend after being rescued at sea by UN peacekeepers. In the “very near future” the agency will open a transit centre in Gbarnga to help IDPs now crowded in overburdened camps, as well as refugees crossing borders into Liberia, Mr. Janowski said. UNHCR also plans to start facilitating returns from the region in September, after the rainy season – pending further deployment of peacekeepers from the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and improved security in areas of return. UNMIL is steadily increasing its strength to the authorized total of 15,000 troops to enforce last year’s ceasefire accord aimed at ending nearly 15 years of civil war in Liberia. read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel

Summertime rally continues on global financial markets, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. by News Staff Posted Jul 16, 2013 8:28 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email business report|global financial markets|mike eppel Video: Business report with Mike Eppel

Thomas Friends animation studio Arc Productions faces financial emergency in Toronto

TORONTO – The Canadian animation studio behind “Thomas & Friends” and the Elton John-produced film “Gnomeo & Juliet” has locked out its staff as it turns to the courts to deal with a “financial emergency.”Arc Productions, once considered one of the rising stars of the country’s animated film industry, had a letter posted outside its downtown Toronto headquarters on Tuesday saying the company was facing “significant financial difficulties and a liquidity crisis.”Chief executive Tom Murray told staff in the letter that Arc’s lenders went to court last week to request a court-appointed monitor to oversee control of the business.The move pushed the company into receivership under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.Since then, Deloitte’s Canadian restructuring division has been appointed to oversee Arc’s finances, says Deloitte spokeswoman Emily Richardson, and it will seek a permanent appointment to that role in a court appearance slated for Thursday.Richardson added that Arc Productions has not filed for bankruptcy.The financial troubles come seven years after Arc — then known as the Starz Animation Studio — received funding from the provincial government to grow its business.Dalton McGuinty committed to giving the animation studio $23 million as part of the Next Generation of Jobs Fund in 2009, though the amount was eventually lowered to $16.3 million, says Jessica Hume, a spokesperson for Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid.At that point the studio had already produced hit children’s programs like “VeggieTales” and modest box-office successes including “9” and “Everyone’s Hero.”In the years afterward, the company would be renamed to Arc Productions with the U.S. cable channel Starz still holding a minority stake in the business.Arc continued to take on bigger projects under the Marvel and Lego banners with films such as “Dolphin Tale” and “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil.” It still has a number of projects set for future release, including “Tarzan and Jane” for Netflix.“On a personal level, I want you to know how proud I have been to work with all of you and how much I have appreciated your commitment to our clients and loyalty to the company,” Murray wrote in the letter.“I am so sorry that, in spite of all of the efforts, I have been unable to resolve this crisis and apologize for that failure.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version stated Arc Productions has filed for bankruptcy. ‘Thomas & Friends’ animation studio Arc Productions faces ‘financial emergency’ in Toronto by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 2, 2016 2:52 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Iraq UN agency forced to cut critical food aid amid funding shortfall

“Unfortunately, lack of funds and the rise in the number of displaced Iraqis forces us to reduce the size of the food rations we provide to tens of thousands of families living outside camps,” Jane Pearce, the WFP Representative and Country Director in Iraq, said in a press release issued earlier today. The WFP said it had begun to prioritise available funds for internally displaced people, otherwise known as IDPs, in April once resourcing difficulties became evident. People previously receiving food vouchers had the voucher value reduced to $16 from $26 while the UN agency also halved the size of family food parcels it distributes monthly. Today, the food parcels cover 40 percent of a household’s daily needs instead of 80 per cent. The overall reductions will now coerce many families to supplement their assistance with store-bought food products. However, according to the WFP’s vulnerability assessments, two in five internally displaced households (40 per cent) do not have enough food or money to shop.The reduction in food assistance comes, in fact, at a critical time for those displaced by the conflict and amid funding shortfalls across the UN system. According to the Organization, almost three million Iraqis have fled their homes and continue to move across the country, exacerbating a dwindling humanitarian system. Meanwhile, just last week, the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) revealed it had been forced to suspend 84 per cent of frontline programmes in 10 governorates in Iraq in July due to insufficient funding, leaving almost three million people without access to urgently-needed healthcare services. “We recognize families living outside camps are living in tough conditions, but we had to make this difficult decision to stretch our help for the most vulnerable until we receive more funds,” Ms. Pearce concluded. read more

Can Roger Federer Finally Win A Davis Cup

The average team wins at home 63 percent of the time and on the road just 37 percent of the time. But the differential is much smaller for France and even smaller for Switzerland. In fact, France lost the past two finals it hosted, in 1999 and 2002.Andrew Flowers contributed to the analysis of data supplied by the International Tennis Federation. This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s Nov. 24 The State of Football Issue. The farther Cup teams have to travel, the worse they perform (though traveling between 501 and 1,000 miles seems particularly tough). Luckily for Roger & Co.: Lille is just 325 miles from the Swiss capital of Bern, minimizing the French advantage. Roger Federer holds a record 17 Grand Slam titles, but there’s one trophy he’s still itching to lift: the Davis Cup. Starting Friday, he gets his best chance yet. In his first Davis Cup final, the 33-year-old ace and his Swiss teammates will battle the French in Lille, France.Yes, playing away from home significantly diminishes the win probability for the Swiss. And because Davis Cup rules dictate that the host country gets to choose the playing surface, Federer will be forced to compete on clay, his least favorite type of court — without much practice, after a back problem kept him sidelined until a short session Wednesday.But the good news for Federer is that Lille is a
 lot closer to home than Melbourne, where he lost to the Australians in 2003, the only other time he made a Cup semifinal. Plus, Switzerland is one of a handful of major teams to maintain a winning Cup road record since the modern era began in 1972.Of course, the second-ranked Federer is simply better most days than any of his Lille opponents. (France is led by No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.) And he’s so popular globally that he takes home-court advantage with him when he travels. Consider Roland Garros. “When he plays a French player,” says France’s Gilles Simon, “[the crowd] is 50-50, and I’m like, ‘Guys, what’s going on?’ ”The Swiss aren’t likely to feel that much love in Lille. But they still have plenty on their side to get the job done. Here’s a closer look at the factors in their favor. Federer’s 37–7 Davis Cup singles record is even more impressive when you consider that he’s been even better on the road than at home—especially in Europe, where he’s won his past 15 matches. read more